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Helen G. Mead

Helen Genevieve Kiefer Mead, Salem, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at her home.
Born April 13, 1916, in Pekin, she was the daughter of the late John Sanford Kiefer and Naomi Marie Gill Kiefer.
She was a graduate of Pekin High School, attended Spencerian and New Albany Business colleges, was a former office manager for Salem Hatchery, a specialty buyer for the U.S. Army and an employee of the Census Bureau. She was a 60-year member of St. Patrick (formerly St. Augustine) Catholic Church, a 50-year member of the Young Women’s Study Club, a 40-year member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, a 25-year blood donor, a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and a volunteer for numerous of her children’s school activities and organizations.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Chenoweth Mead, in 1992, and a brother, Eugene Kiefer.
Survivors include four children, John of Salem, James of Jeffersonville, Joan Manly of Tempe, Ariz., and Jerry of Pekin; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Monday, Jan. 3, after 4 p.m. at her home.
Funeral: Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Salem with interment in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Arrangements: Love Funeral Home in Palmyra.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society, St. Patrick Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, c/o Washington County Community Foundation, St. Patrick Church or the Washington County Community Foundation.